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szdaily -> Lifestyle -> 
Pick up a stone and paint it
    2014-05-30  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

    Tan Yifan

    cicitan2011@gmail.com

    WHEN talking about painting, most people naturally think of paper, canvases, brushes and paints. But if you happen to search for do-it-yourself products online, especially on taobao.com, the most popular Chinese shopping website, you will find many shops offering tools and teaching materials for customers to make their own small paintings, most of which are for painting on stones.

    It is hard to tell exactly when stone painting became popular, but if you type in the keywords “stone painting,” you will find many articles, most of which are written by bloggers.

    This kind of technique was probably more familiar to ancient man — humans learned to mark their lives by scratching on the surfaces of stones thousands of years ago. Before the invention of paper, people painted on leaves, animal skins, stones and other materials to help them remember important things. But today, with the stunning development of modern technology, we have gradually abandoned the practice of making pictures on leaves, stones or even paper. However, some have rediscovered this technique and are adapting it for a modern age.

    As late famed Chinese writer San Mao (Echo) wrote in her prose collection “Shi Tou Ji,” stone drawing can help the artist find the soul of each stone. It is hard to say whether such a painting contains a soul or not, but stones painted by a skillful artist can make you forget that you are looking at a dull, unimportant stone, and instead you will discover a tiny, beautiful world.

    So why not forget your boring work, put your smartphone aside and walk to a stream nearby? You will find many smooth stones reflecting the sunlight there. It is better to use stones you pick up yourself by the riverside than to buy them from a local store or an online shop because they will have more personal meaning to you (and they are free).

    Once you have collected a small bucket of oval stones, you need to gather pens, acrylic paints, tissue, a hair dryer and patience.

    First, you need to choose a proper stone; to be more specific, the stone you choose must have a smooth surface. If it is uneven or has pits and divots, it will be more difficult to draw a perfect image.

    Also, when you select a stone, start sketching the image you want to see on it in your mind. The best picture is often

    a good combination of color, skill and the shape of the stone.

    Once you have picked your perfect stone and have a picture in mind, scrub the stone clean. You can hone the surface a bit with sandpaper and apply hemp oil to help give it a deeper color.

    Use a pen to start sketching your picture. Some painters are confident enough to start immediately on the stone with paint, but for most people, a pen sketch is best so you can fix any mistakes. Then, use a flat brush or a tiny-tip brush to start painting the stone with your acrylic paints. You can use tissue to cover the parts that you do not want to paint or will paint later. You can even layer colors if you want; just make sure each layer dries completely before starting the next one. Remember to paint light color first and apply dark color later. Once you finish painting, lay the stone in the sun to dry or you can use a hair dryer to dry it quickly.

    Once the stone is dry, you can take photos of them and share your masterpiece on the Internet. You can paint more stones and glue them on a board to make one large piece of art. If you want to make a large colored-stone picture made up of many small stones, again, you should have the whole picture in mind before painting each stone.

    Adding fluorescence effects with special pens or powders is also a special way to make the stone’s soul glitter at midnight!

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